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Researches on stem cell therapy to improve liver cirrhosis are increasing

Researches on stem cell therapy to improve liver cirrhosis are increasing

 

Researches on stem cell therapy to improve liver cirrhosis are increasing. In recent years, the researches on stem cell therapy to repair liver cirrhosis has been increasing. Stem cell therapy is a safe and effective new clinical method, which brings new hope to patients with liver cirrhosis.


Cirrhosis is a common clinical chronic disease of the liver. Diffuse liver damage is caused by the long-term effects of viruses, alcohol, autoimmunity and other factors. It is accompanied by damage to the microcirculation, vascular anatomy, and liver structure. At present, the liver required for orthotopic liver transplantation The source is very stressful, and there is no effective way to repair liver cirrhosis.

Researches on stem cell therapy to improve liver cirrhosis are increasing
Stem cell treatment of liver cirrhosis

 

 


The mechanism of liver cirrhosis

Liver cirrhosis is closely related to the excessive accumulation of extracellular matrix. The extracellular matrix mainly comes from hepatic stellate cells. The activation and proliferation of hepatic stellate cells are considered to be the central link in the occurrence and progression of liver fibrosis. When the liver is damaged, hepatic stellate cells transform from a relatively quiescent phenotype to an activated phenotype, acquire myofibroblast-like characteristics, and secrete and synthesize a variety of extracellular matrices to participate in the occurrence and development of liver fibrosis.

 

Stem cell therapy inhibits hepatic stellate cells

The regression of liver cirrhosis is closely related to the apoptosis, aging and dormancy pathways of hepatic stellate cells. Scientists have discovered that stem cells activate the Notch signal pathway mediated by Notch1 of hepatic stellate cells through direct cell contact, and affect multiple metabolic pathways to inhibit the activation of hepatic stellate cells, thereby alleviating the process of liver cirrhosis.

 


Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cells are adult stem cells, which can eventually become many different types of mature cells through specific induction and differentiation in vivo or in vitro. Stem cells have a wide range of sources, such as bone marrow, fat, amniotic fluid, umbilical cord, muscle and other parts. They are easy to obtain and expand and culture in vitro.

In recent years, research on stem cell therapy to repair liver cirrhosis has been increasing. According to Pan et al.’s research results, stem cells can inhibit the proliferation and activation of HSCs by interfering with the LPS-TLR4 and NF-κB signaling pathways. Cao et al. believe that the paracrine effect of stem cells is caused by inhibiting the expression of ACTA2 and hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), which induces hepatic stellate cell apoptosis. The indirect co-culture experiment of stem cells and hepatic stellate cells by Qin et al. found that stem cell therapy can delay the proliferation of hepatic stellate cells, accelerate cell apoptosis, increase the expression level of P27 protein and reduce the expression of RhoA.


Many researchers have found that after stem cell therapy repairs cirrhotic rats, stem cells home to the liver to play a role, reduce liver inflammation, delay liver fibrosis, and improve liver function. Mohamed et al. believed that stem cell therapy repaired the rat model of liver fibrosis. Tracking results showed that the expression of stem cells in the rat liver was significantly increased, the fibroblasts and MMP-2mRNA of hepatocytes increased, and CK-19mRNA HGF was in the cells secreted by stem cells. Decrease in expression.

 

Stem cell therapy to repair liver cirrhosis

Jang et al. carried out a clinical trial using autologous bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell therapy to repair liver cirrhosis. The results showed that liver fibrosis indicators decreased, CP grade decreased, and liver regeneration (increased liver volume). The researchers selected 60 patients with liver cirrhosis. The results of the study showed that the expression of SDF-1 and CXCR4 in the peripheral blood of patients with liver cirrhosis was up-regulated, and the levels of the two were positively correlated, suggesting that SDF-1 and CXCR4 are involved in regulating the occurrence and development of liver cirrhosis.

Zheng et al. studied 115 patients with decompensated liver cirrhosis and implemented stem cell therapy. The AST, ALT, and TB indicators of the patients all decreased, and the ALB indicator increased. The symptoms of loss of appetite, ascites, bloating and fullness were improved, indicating that stem cell therapy can be effective. Effectively improve liver function, coagulation function and clinical symptoms, and relieve the progress of liver cirrhosis.

 

 

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